Meadville's Voodoo Brewery purchases Homestead building

The owners of Meadville’s Voodoo Brewery are purchasing the former municipal building/fire station in Homestead with plans to rehabilitate it, but people shouldn’t presume that it’s going to become a brewpub.

"Nothing is set in stone at this point,“ says Voodoo’s Matt Allyn, who has big plans for the place that will take some time to pull together.

“At some point, we will be pouring or selling Voodoo beers there, but it will not be immediately ... a brewpub with food or a brewing system,” he said, stressing that Voodoo’s brewing operation is staying in Meadville. Voodoo has been looking for some time for a building in or closer to Pittsburgh.

Homestead council last week approved the sale of this more-than-a-century-old building, which has been vacant for more than two decades, for $8,500. It’s located on Amity Street at East Ninth Avenue. The four-story building, which still has its jail cells and other historic features, has a lot of room for creative uses. 

“We have a thousand ideas in our heads,” Mr. Allyn said, but, "There’s a lot of work [to do] in that building, and I don’t have a million dollars.” So once they close on the sale, they’ll begin working on the place while looking for grant money and investors. 

While it’s too early to publicize the particulars of their plans, he said, “We’re highly excited to be there.” 

Borough Manager Ian McMeans says, “We’re extremely excited to have Voodoo Brewing” rehabilitating “a blighted building into a community asset,” especially “at a key intersection in our community.” 

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The Pittsburgh Beer Ladies are going strong three years after the group started, having grown to about 300 members, and many of them will mark their anniversary with a party at noon on Saturday at Grist Mill Brewing in Millvale. 

“The event is open to new members, and we're always looking for more,” writes charter member Amy Berecek, who invited people to catch up with the group on its Facebook page. “All it takes to be a member is joining our Facebook group or coming to an event -- It is pretty laid back.”

For Saturday, she says, “We're doing a private tasting and tour with the brewers before they open to the public, and then ordering pizza or bringing a potluck (TBD) for lunch and pints.”

Also starting on Saturday, the second annual Brooklyn Brewery Mash tour hits Pittsburgh. The largest traveling food, beer and arts festival celebrates “what’s next in food, film, comedy, music, books and beer” here for a week, one of 10 stops in the U.S. (it’s also hitting London and already hit Stockholm this year). 

You can visit for all the details on local events, which include:

• 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21: Eat, Drink & Learn at Giant Eagle Market District, Shadyside, with Brooklyn Chef Andrew Gerson. 

• 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21: Brewmaster’s Reserve Tap Attack at Industry Public House, Lawrenceville. 

• 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22: Dinner on the Farm with Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson, Chef Justin Severino of Cure and others at Blackberry Meadows Farm ($55).

• 5 p.m. Monday, June 23: The Brewmaster’s Burger at The Library, South Side. 

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 24: Craft Beer Revolution with Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy plus Matt Gouwens (of Hop Farm Brewing Co.) and Douglas Derda (of “Should I Drink That?”) at the Church Brew Works, Lawrenceville ($6). 

• 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24: Brooklyn Ha Ha: NYC Stand-Up With Josh Gondelman, Jesse Popp & Lee Terbosic at Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville (preparty at 5 p.m. at Atlas Bottle Works). 

• 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24: Found Footage Festival at Regent Square Theater ($12)

• 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25: Mash EDU: Beer & Spice, Making Nice -- Chef Andrew Gerson on pairings at Marty’s Market, Strip District.

• 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26: Slow Supper: Big Table with Chefs Andrew Gerson and Kate Romane at a location to be announced that day ($75). 

• 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014: Mash EDU: Homebrewer Edition at Copper Kettle Brewing Co. in Greenfield (free but you must RSVP). 

• 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28: Mash Bash With Speedy Ortiz, Legs Like Tree Trunks, & The Lopez at Club Cafe, South Side. 

Bob Batz Jr.: and 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.


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